Clonlara

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This article is about the village in County Clare. For the American school of that name, see Clonlara School.
Clonlara
Cluain Lárach
Village
Clonlara is located in Ireland
Clonlara
Clonlara
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°43′N 8°33′W / 52.72°N 8.55°W / 52.72; -8.55Coordinates: 52°43′N 8°33′W / 52.72°N 8.55°W / 52.72; -8.55
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Clare
Elevation 31 m (102 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference R625638

Clonlara, officially Cloonlara (from Irish: Cluain Lárach),[1] is a village in County Clare, Ireland, and a Catholic parish of the same name.

Village and parish[edit]

Clonlara is in the east of County Clare in the civil parish of Kiltonanlea or Doonass, barony of Tulla Lower.[2] It lies between the River Shannon to the east and the Clare hills to the west and north.[3] Clonlara village is on the road between Killaloe and Limerick. In 1841 there were 219 people in 31 houses.[2] The village lies beside the head-race canal that deliver water to power the Ardnacrusha power plant a few kilometers to the southwest.[4]

Clonlara has a GAA club and an equestrian centre.[5][6]

The village is part of Clonlara (Doonas and Truagh) parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe, and the Church of Ireland parish of Kiltenanlea. The parish has three churches:[7] Mary, the Mother of God (Truagh) and St Senan's (Clonlara), both Roman Catholic, and Kiltenanlea Church of Ireland.

Natives[edit]

Irish rugby union player Marcus Horan and Irish hurlers Colm and Darach Honan are from the village as is Jan O'Sullivan (née Gale), Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for Limerick City.

Clonlara Affair[edit]

In 1956 in Clonlara, a local curate had a local group beat up two Jehovah's Witnesses and burn the literature which the two had been trying to distribute. Taoiseach John A. Costello "responded to a protest from Bishop Joseph Rodgers of Killaloe by writing that he appreciated 'the just indignation aroused among the clergy and the people by the activities of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.'"[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ a b "Cloonlara". Parliamentary Gazeteer of Ireland. 1845. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Scoil Seanáin Naofa, Clonlara. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Clonlara, Clare, Ireland". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Clonlara GAA website; accessed 11 June 2014.
  6. ^ Clonlara Equestrian Centre website, clonlaraequestrian.com; accessed 11 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Clonlara (Doonas and Truagh)". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Clonlara affair of 1956, archives.tcm.ie; accessed 11 June 2014.